Last Updated: 12th October 2020
COVID-19: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION & PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. At Asia School of Business (ASB), we have been closely monitoring this outbreak and have been taking various preventive measures to protect our internal and external communities in this pandemic. Our top priority of ASB is ensuring the safety, security and well-being of the community while also bearing in mind the need to sustainably deliver on our educational commitments.
The following are salient guidelines imposed by the authorities and ASB as an organization to safeguard our community during this time.
Recovery Movement Control Order in Malaysia (RMCO)
10th June – 31st December 2020
In an effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19 virus, Malaysia has been placed under a Movement Control Order (MCO) since 18th March 2020. Since the inception of the initial MCO, restrictions have been adjusted to manage the spread of the virus and other public health considerations. In May, the Malaysian government launched a moderated national version of the MCO called the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO); this allowed for a measured opening of selected sectors. Subsequent to the CMCO, the government transitioned into a less restrictive national Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) that was extended until 31 December 2020 as part of the exit strategy for the MCO. However, due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the Malaysian government has placed 4 states under a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). These are Sabah (13th Oct until 26th Oct), Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya (14th Oct until 27th Oct). Malaysia hopes to enter the normalization phase in January 2021, should there be no further surge in the COVID-19 cases during the current blended CMCO/RMCO periods.
We have summarized the essence of the blended CMCO/RMCOs and will provide revisions for SOPs and guidelines as they are updated by the various ministries and partners.
As part of the blended CMCO/RMCO, the ASB Community is asked to help by complying with the regulations, directives, and guidelines imposed by the Malaysian government. A breach not only exposes the public and ASB Communities to health risks related to the COVID-19, but also legal repercussions towards student, staff, and ASB as an organization. All staff and students are required to read and sign ASB COVID-19 Community Compliance Pledge and Declaration upon returning to campus.
As an active part of the effort to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, in October the entire ASB student, faculty, and staff community were tested. There were no positive tests within the community. ASB students, faculty, and staff are asked to actively observe the following:
- Inter-state travel within Malaysia is allowed (save and except for places declared under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) or state specific Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)) without the need for special permission from government authority.
- Those returning from Sabah must undergo 14 days of home quarantine even if they tested negative for Covid-19.
- International borders remain closed. Malaysian nationals are not allowed to exit Malaysia (with certain exceptions).
- All foreign tourists and visitors are also still not allowed to enter into the country.
- The Malaysian Government has started allowing eligible expatriates to enter Malaysia on a conditional basis from 17th June, 2020 onwards.
- All eligible expats returning to Malaysia are:
- required to obtain Entry Approval Letter from the Director General of Immigration Malaysia, submission of application to be made through employer
- required to register themselves via the MySejahtera App before they enter the country for monitoring purposes. The MySejahtera App is downloadable via Apple AppStore, Google Play Store or Huawei AppGallery. Further details can be found here: https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/FAQ_en/
- highly encouraged to undergo PCR COVID-19 Swab Test, and must be medically confirmed to be tested negative for COVID-19, within 3 days of travel. They are then required to undergo another PCR COVID-19 Swab Test at the cost of RM 250 upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
- required to undergo a compulsory fourteen (14) days of quarantine at a Quarantine Centre stipulated by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and Ministry of Health (MOH). The cost of quarantine shall be borne by the applicant.
- Foreigners holding long term passes are allowed entry to Malaysia with an approval by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
- The enter and exit & return to Malaysia permission cover travellers holding the following long-term passes from Malaysia:
- 1. Permanent Residents (PR);
- 2. Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H);
- 3. All expatriates that hold the Employment Pass Category I, II and III; Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T); Professional Visit Pass (PVP) and their Dependants
- 4. Foreign Students
- Entry Permission to Malaysia:
- Expatriates with an ACTIVE PASS, who are currently stranded abroad must obtain entry permission through the application submitted via MYEntry in ESD online system to obtain the decision of the Director General of Immigration Department Malaysia (DGIM). Note: Application must be made by company (ASB HR).
- The client charter for approval by the DGIM is FOURTEEN (14) working days from the date of the application submission.
- Upon approval by the DGIM, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) will issue an Entry Approval Letter for the applicant to the company.
- Permission to Exit and Return to Malaysia
- Expatriates with an ACTIVE PASS that are currently in MALAYSIA, who desire to leave the country and to return to Malaysia are required to obtain Permission to Exit Malaysia and Return from Director General of Immigration Department Malaysia (DGIM) via MYEntry in ESD online system. Note: Application must be made by company (ASB HR).Malaysia (DGIM). Note: Application must be made by company (ASB HR).
- If you have plans to enter, exit and re-enter Malaysia, please reach out to Aline firstname.lastname@example.org and myself email@example.com for further support on the latest process and procedure.
International Travel Restrictions
As the spread of the coronavirus continues, counties across the globe are imposing travel restrictions. For an up-to-date and comprehensive list of travel bans across the world, please refer to The US Department of State website.
Disclaimer: *All information and terms above are subject to change due to the evolving circumstances. Readers are advised to check with the relevant authorities’ websites for updated information on the Movement Control Order. For matters relating to ASB, kindly contact ASB Management for any further updates/details. ASB will not be held responsible for any reliance and decision making based on the information provided herein.